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Current Projects

Digital Renaissance Editions

Inspired by the Internet Shakespeare Editions, the Digital Renaissance Editions publishes electronic scholarly editions of early English drama, from early Tudor interludes and moralities through to the drama of the commercial London theatres, Civil War, Interregnum, and Restoration periods.

Digital Renaissance EditionsEach edition includes an annotated modern-spelling text, collations of textual variants, critical and textual introductions, as well as photo-facsimiles and transcriptions of early print and manuscript editions and supplementary materials in a range of media. Editions are complemented by a database of digitized performance materials and a collection of freshly commissioned essays on relevant topics. All content is peer-reviewed and entirely open access. I serve as Coordinating Editor of the project.

Beyond Authorship: Computational Studies of Early Modern Drama

With Hugh Craig (University of Newcastle), I worked on a series of corpus-based computational stylistics studies of early modern drama. These studies focus on the patterns and trends that emerge in genre, repertory, and authorial style. The project was funded by an ARC Discovery Grant.

Corpus Outcomes of the project include a co-authored monograph, Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and a four-day symposium, “Beyond Authorship”, held at the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing (CLLC) in June 2014. Machine-readable texts prepared for the study are also being packaged with Intelligent Archive, a cross-platform software tool developed by the CLLC for stylistic analysis.

The Works of John Day

Parliament of BeesI am General Editor (with Helen Ostovich) of The Works of John Day, the first edition of Day’s works to appear since A. H. Bullen’s two-volume edition of 1881, and the first to apply modern bibliographical, critical, and historical standards to his canon as a whole. Bringing together an international team of expert editors and performance practitioners, the open-access digital edition will offer annotated texts in modern spelling, with full collation, critical apparatus, and introductions, supplemented by facsimiles and transcriptions of textual witnesses and multimedia performance materials. I will edit Day’s allegorical verse, The Parliament of Bees, for the project, and oversee the computational authorship attribution tests to determine the extent of Day’s canon.

Other Editorial Projects

Fair Em(1) Contextual materials to supplement Joost Daalder’s editions of The Honest Whore, Part One and Two for Digital Renaissance Editions. These include annotated modern-spelling selections from contemporary ballads, chronicle histories, cony-catching literature, plays, and prose romances, as well as theological treatises, domestic manuals, and topographical descriptions of London and its suburbs.

(2) Selections from Thomas Dekker’s plague pamphlet, The Wonderful Year (1603), with Darryl Chalk (University of Southern Queensland), for an innovative anthology titled, Stages of Transition: Plays and Texts from the 1603-1604 London Theater Season, under the general editorship of Matteo Pangallo.

(3) A digital performance-critical edition of Fair Em, an anonymous Elizabethan romance, for Digital Renaissance Editions, with Kevin Quarmby (Emory University).

(4) A critical edition of Hyde Park, with Mark Houlahan (University of Waikato), for the ten-volume Oxford Complete Works of James Shirley (2020), under the general editorship of Eugene Giddens, Teresa Grant, and Barbara Ravelhofer.

Reproducing English Renaissance Drama, 1711–2016

Reproducing Renaissance DramaThe ways in which English Renaissance plays are edited and published offers valuable insights into their changing critical reception. This project, with initial funding from the ARC's DECRA scheme, offers the first detailed study of the editing and publishing of English Renaissance plays since the eighteenth century and its relationship to the formation of the canon, extending existing scholarship that focuses exclusively on Shakespeare. Combining quantitative and qualitative methods supplementing fresh insights from archival research, expected outcomes of this project include a monograph for the Arden Shakespeare Studies in Language and Digital Methodologies series and development of the Bibliography of Editions of Early English Drama.

Bibliography of Editions of Early English Drama

The Bibliography of Editions of Early English Drama (or BEEED for short) is an open-access bibliographical database of editions of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English drama. Although it is a descriptive bibliography, the database is designed primarily as a tool enabling quantitative analysis for editorial and publishing history.

Editions DatabaseRecords include more than the standard library catalogue data, such as entries for bibliographical format, type-page width and height, editorial method, and critical apparatus, as well as links to items available online, whether born-digital or digitized surrogates. The database will be free to access and use, and subject to peer review for accuracy. With BEEED, editors may easily compile a list of editions for historical collation, and scholars may map trends in the production of editions over time.

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